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. >> good. so i'll get rid of that. i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidize to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs, i like big bird, i actually like you too. >> of course social media blew up on that big bird comment. it wasn't long before a new twitter account popped up, the handle fired big bird. big bird even posted this picture of himself on the "sesame street" stoop holding a will work for food sign. >> so who was telling the truth in the debate last night? we'll do some fact checking when jonathan strong of roll call joins us in our next half hour. >>> some of the other top stories we're following for you this morning, a meningitis outbreak is killing people across the nation, including here in maryland and virginia. two people have died in those states, and the cdc says the number of cases has risen to 26 nationwide, killing a total of four people. the outbreak is a rare form of the infection stemming from a steroid injection used to treat back pain. now, the steroid was made in massachusetts. it's since been recalled. >>> a 17-year-old boy dropped his bro
president of children's media for pbs and has some advice developing socially and emotionally. it's a big cog in the wheel of trying to learn every day. we all worry about it. what are the things we can look toward to ease the transition. >> these social and emotional skills are the most important predictor of success in school and life. pbs has a new media program based on mr. rogers neighborhood but it's for 21st century kids. the idea is to develop strategies and practice them at home with your children so when they become angry, frustrated, disappointed, when they're anxious about a new experience, they have a strategy they can use. >> some of the things we keep hearing for our 2-year-old is that the transition is the hardest, whether it's just you're going to color now and you move over to a counting game. even that little transition can cause some stress. so when parents get them home after the day, how can you sort of coach them so the next day isn't so bad? >> 2s, 3s and 4s can be very anxious, we all can be when something is new. so one of the best things parents can do is talk a
'll make adjustments, his top strategist said. president obama took aim at cutting funds to pbs, the home to big bird. that's less than $100 million a year, just a fraction of the overall federal budget. >> thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird! who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? elmo's got to watch out. >> reporter: meanwhile, a past presidential nominee, former vice president al gore, who had his own debate struggles, offered this unusual explanation for mr. obama's uninspired performance, blaming the high altitude in denver. >> obama arrived in denver just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> -- and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> -- i don't know. >> reporter: after hearing those comments and being asked about them last night mitt romney laughed al gore's answer off. after virginia, savannah, the president will head off to the battleground state of ohio and mitt romney goes to florida where he campaigns this weekend, the presid
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